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Name Mateo Kovacic
Gender Male
Ethnic Croatian
Job Croatian Footballer
Desc The Croat will likely form part of your midfield trident alongside Kante and Jorginho, but his intelligence and ability to pick a pass will be essential for your side going forward. Jorginho can set the tempo and Kante will add tonnes of tenacity, but Kovacic will be the man responsible for linking play further up the field and feeding the forwards

Affiliation

Org Croatia National Team
Club as Player Chelsea
  Real Madrid
  Inter Milan
  Dinamo Zagreb

2019 12 10 Retrieve

[Mateo Kovacic has said that manager Frank Lampard wants him to become a regular source of goals for the club] He has joked about that before but I also think he was being serious, because he knows I should score more goals. He has been preparing me to arrive late in the box to score more goals and it is just a consequence of training hard and preparing myself. I think mentally I have become stronger this season. Last season I was obsessed a little bit with not scoring because people were always asking when I was going to score. This summer I was just focused on preparing well and having a good season for the team and, as I said before, the goals are just consequences of training well and preparing myself

It’s actually for my nieces. I have two nieces, one of which has Down’s Syndrome, and they do that [hand action] with me a lot. I love her a lot and the celebration was for them. It’s nice when you score and you can celebrate with the family. They have waited a long time but now I hope I can continue like that

2020 01 28 Retrieve

[Mateo Kovacic admits that Chelsea need to improve a lot] It was a tough game, as we knew that it would be, but we need to score in the first half two more goals. That’s our problem in this moment but obviously we’re happy to go through. It was tough because we didn’t score on time - we had some chances and we didn’t use them. In training, we are working on it but we are still a young team, a new team, and we need to improve a lot. We need to take our chances, which in this moment we are not doing great, but we have time to improve and I am sure we will do

[Kovacic believes they can build momentum and go all the way in England’s oldest cup competition] They scored a goal from a free-kick, which was my mistake. I did a little bit of a strange jump and the ball touched me. Sometimes that can happen but the most important thing is we got the win and we are through. The FA Cup is a great competition and we want to win it

2020 02 06 Retrieve

[Mateo Kovacic says Maurizio Sarri has seen his training methods branded monotonous] I came to Chelsea under Sarri, but I must say that Lampard is an exceptional manager. He has kept the character he had as a player in his personality as a coach, which has inspired all of us. He commits himself with everything he’s got. Training is always challenging and different from last season. That’s probably the main difference between Lampard and Sarri, who made the concept of training quite monotonous. There were a lot of similar training sessions with a focus on tactical preparation. [Zinedine] Zidane was similar to the way Frank Lampard is a coaching, and their approaches really suit

I have to admit that I’m really enjoying it so far. I play with the ball a lot more and have greater freedom of movement – that’s why I think I’ve put in some great performances this season. Last year I was tied to a specific area, which became a bit predictable for our opponents and therefore made it harder for me. Sarri didn’t want long balls from defence when we were under pressure, which led us into some tough situations. Lampard, on the other hand, gives us more freedom to assess situations. It’s proved to be a good tactic, as it gives us unpredictability. We’ve scored lots of different goals this season

2020 02 18 Retrieve

[Mateo Kovacic says Chelsea need to wake up in their ongoing bid to secure Champions League qualification] We need to improve a lot because we have tough games ahead of us and we have to be focused. We have to train hard every day, to prepare our games better and try to avoid our mistakes because we are making too many mistakes in these kind of matches and you get punished.

We have a good week ahead of us to prepare for Tottenham and to play a good match. We know this match means a lot for us because Tottenham are close behind us so we need to prepare ourselves quite a lot to win this game at home. We are still fourth so we are still in a good position but we need to wake up because they are coming from behind. We need to play these next games like we were playing in the beginning of the season and change some things as well, obviously

We played well in the beginning but it’s always the same against United - we play good, we create chances, we don’t score and then they score from one opportunity. We don’t have the three points and that’s the most important thing. It was a good game from us, we played well, like we have for more or less the whole season, but we made some silly mistakes and we lost the points. We are still a very young team and we need to improve a lot. Now we will see if we are a great team because we have some tough matches to fight for the fourth position and we need to show ourselves

2020 02 24 Retrieve

[Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic says that Bayern Munich will be better rested] They have a great team, and they are playing well. Their league is not as tough as the Premier League, so for sure they will be more rested than us. We will prepare to hurt them a lot

I had the luck of playing for a great club like Real Madrid. I won the Champions League and I am happy about that. But as players, we don’t think about winning it because every week is a big game for us, so it doesn’t change too much. There is always another great game that we try to win. We are trying to do great things this year and tomorrow we want to show that we are a great team and pass this stage if possible

I think we are similar teams, there is not much difference. We can be a big team, we have shown that this season in big games. We don’t have so much experience, but we know how to play big games. We’ll show that tomorrow. Bayern has a squad full of great players. That’s normal at this stage of the Champions League, you always play against big players. It will be tough, but we like these big games

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[N’Golo Kante was the first name on the team sheet for Chelsea’s most recent title winners but now the Blues have a new undroppable player: Mateo Kovacic. In recent weeks, the Croatian has grown into the player that many expected him to become from the moment Inter signed the midfielder from Dinamo Zagreb in 2013. The arrival of Lampard, then, was key to Kovacic’s development] I have good communication with him. I am working on my bad sides of my game. I am talking to him a lot and I am analysing my game. I think I am becoming a better player but it is normal because I am getting more mature. I am a good age so I feel good. Kovacic played with a personality and a quality that makes you go, ‘Okay, he can play in pretty much any team with that level’

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic believes he is working with the perfect manager in Frank Lampard to add the qualities to his game that he is currently missing] We had a quite good year under Maurizio Sarri, winning the Europa League, in the end he left and Frank Lampard came to the team. I think from the first moment our feeling was good. I liked the way he was training us, really hard training, I liked his character, how he was speaking to the team. I think I can learn a lot from him because all the things I am missing from my game - scoring goals and being more direct, this is the thing Lampard was amazing at in his career. So he’s a great manager, a great person and I think I can learn a lot from him during my time here